CDC Head Blames Budget Cuts For COVID Failures

CNN reports:

Covid-19 has “brought this nation to its knees,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday in a House hearing. “We’ve all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus,” Redfield said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

Redfield said the virus has highlighted decades of underinvesting in the “core capabilities of public health data.” Now is the time to fix the broken system, he added. “This needs to be a partnership. It’s not all the burden of the federal government to invest in public health at the local level,” Redfield said.